April 4, 2014
Samsara is a beautiful, almost hypnotic experience that is surprisingly uplifting and conveys its message in a unique way, even if it's a bit on the nose at times.
April 2, 2014
Ron Fricke, Cinematographer for Godfrey Reggio on the seminal Koyaanisqatsi, directed the similar Baraka in 1992. If you've seen Reggio's films and Fricke's first, then you know what to expect here. Shot on 70mm over a 5 year period, at times the visuals on display are truly breathtaking and the transfer to Blu-Ray is excellent. A meditative, purely visual journey, that loosely forms an elliptical narrative, exploring a few Buddhist themes of the cyclical nature of life along the way.
March 31, 2014
De belles images certes, mais on a du mal a voir le fil conducteur et on se demande ce que font certains plans dans le film. C'est un peu mou, et des indiquations sur le lieu des images n'auraient pas été inutiles pour aider a la compréhension
March 23, 2014
"Samsara, the Sanskrit for "continuous flow" is visually breathtaking, the sound design is simply stunning, 0 dialog/ monologue - I have never seen such thing but it's mesmerizingly GOOD !
It took 5 years to make and co-ordinate Samsara!
It was shot in Panarama 70mm, across 26 countries, it needing major government and regulatory clearances, having to wait for certain seasons or lunar phases to get the light to hit the way director Fricke wanted.
There are few shocking scenes, haunting ones and describing them is be no easy task.
One involves a man sitting behind a desk, who begins to smear modeling clay on his face, before grabbing a tiny paint brush and stroking black and red paint all over himself as well. He begins to vigorously do both things at once, ripping clay off his face only to smear it back on, throw dust in his eyes, stick pencils in his face, etc. The long-shot becomes faster and faster, while jolting music plays in the background.
As someone was saying and I fully agree, "Samsara is beautiful, bizarre, and unforgettable".
March 15, 2014
A trip around this still beautiful, yet less blessed, world. A stunning visual experience.
March 15, 2014
Brilliant, but difficult to explain why. No plot, no acting (well, except for one scene, but I'll come to that). So, it's a documentary then? Yes, sort of, but there is no narration, nor captions, nor even tags to let you know what or where in the world you are looking at.
In essence, it's a visual documentary on the modern world. Initially it just seems like National Geographic without any commentary: beautiful scenes of temples, nature and places you might want to go as a tourist.
However, 100 minutes of random places and things could be boring after a while. Just when you start to think that might well be the case, themes start to emerge: nature, buildings, opulence vs poverty, guns/military, livestock. Pretty much everyday things, and how they are connected.
It is basically a 100-minute stream-of-consciousness exercise, using amazing, totally natural visual imagery (ie no CGI). Enjoy it
for where it takes your mind, or just for the images and the drama of everyday life.
Only negative note is the one scene that isn't candid: a performance artist. Very pretentious and pointless and prevents this movie from being perfect.
February 27, 2014
For a documentary with no dialogue or voice over narration, Samsara has a lot to say about the human condition- Religion, environment, technology, urban chaos and beauty of nature, all are examined through some stunning imagery, and time lapse photography has rarely been used so effectively. Shot over 5 years in 25 countries, this is a titanic effort to provide an epic visual narrative on our way of life. A true original and worth viewing more than once.
February 27, 2014
Pure aestheticism and mkes you wonder, s all good art should do, what humanity is doing to theselves. Briliiant cinematography, and that in 4k (crisp-clear images)! Great them (i figue the transition of simp,e live to highly industrial society, that has lost it's moral conciousness and is too individualistic. People should always learn! Dont believe the hype!! Will see this again next week.
February 22, 2014
´Beautiful! A must see!
February 15, 2014
It's kind of like if hipsters took over the Discovery channel. An undeniably beautiful film with deep spiritual undertones, but it's not exactly a film you sit down to watch for enjoyment, or even investment for that matter. It's something to meditate on, to think about and open your eyes to cultures not often explored by a film. If you have an HD TV, then this is a must buy, in order to experience the vast visual aspects of the film in it's highest possible quality, without actually having to see it in a theater.
February 14, 2014
A great looking movie where you can screenshot at anytime and get yourself a cool wallpaper :)
February 11, 2014
In the tradition of Koyaanisqatsi (1982), for which director Ron Fricke was cinematographer, Samsara is a non-fiction film composed entirely of images and no dialogue shot on film and meant to be shown in 70mm. Fricke also made Chronos (1985) and Baraka (1992) following the same logic. In all of these films, the juxtaposition of images, (shot in many countries and showing famous landmarks, people from different cultures at work and at play or staring at the camera) elicits ideas and connections. Or sometimes a single image or sequence carries that weight alone. However, whereas Koyaanisqatsi had a mostly discernible theme ("life out of balance"), Samsara does not and this is its great weakness (because otherwise the images themselves are tremendous). Although Fricke suggests the focus is on the cycle of life (birth, death, rebirth) this is anything but clear and some of the choices here begin to feel cliché (Angkor Wat, Petra, Chartres, Mecca, etc) and the connections (chicken processing factory to fat fast food eaters) are often unsurprising. Nevertheless, on the big screen, I'm sure this would take your breath away.
February 3, 2014
There is no denying that Samasara is a visual and emotional pleasure to watch. Each visual immersing you deeply and whole heartedly into a world that the common person wouldnt have neccessarily seen before. Real locations and expert photography from Ron Fricke make this such a breath taking experience that its hard to believe what your witnessing is not only real life but with no CGI advancements at all. The music goes note perfectly, with every segment being brought to life with a very well crafted and bombastic score and this is great, its just... Well its just too long! With literally no dialogue and just a constant view of gorgeous scenarios the jaw dropping effect starts to wear off around the 1 hour and 10 mark. This really bugged me because some of the most prominent visuals and issues are dealt with in the final half hour meaning that by the time you get to them your slightly underwhelmed and bored. However visually and thematically every sequence delivers. If this had been a tighter edited and crafted piece we would have had an instant classic. As it stands its just one gloriously long, visual orgasm, which however enjoyable lasts far too long.
February 2, 2014
This documentary consisting of mere images is visually transfixing. An exquisite, intricate and mesmerizing portrayal of the flow of life. I would have liked to see some of the places named, but the lack of such keeps it non-judgmental. Choice of soundtracks were impressive.
January 15, 2014
Postal antropológico do nosso planeta. Temo que se outra raça da Galáxia o vir, ficará muito confusa quanto à verdadeira natureza da humanidade...
December 26, 2013
It's a magnificent visual journey filled with beautiful scenery
January 30, 2013
This is a beautiful movie, but you must be watching it the full time to get the full effect.
November 19, 2012
Director's a pretentious dick, but yeah okay cool shots here and there.
December 2, 2013
Very cool documentary 1hr 40m of just images no words. It makes you think for yourself instead of trying to convince you into thinking something. Interesting watch.
November 17, 2013
Retreading the old ground of the Qatsi trilogy.